A flag retirement ceremony at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is even more special after Monday's tragedy in Boston.
Leaders say it was particularly meaningful to host a ceremony that honors the country after three people were killed and nearly 100 injured after two explosives went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon.
JROTC members say seeing the events in Boston make them want to carry on the values of patriotism and make them proud to be part of a ceremony like the one Tuesday.
"It shows the patriotism that most people have lost for this country. Most people don't have patriotism anymore and this helps us show the patriotism we have left. And I feel very proud to be part of a ceremony that might be so little to most people but is a very big part of who we are," Sgt. Maj. Anthony Blake said.
The students say JROTC has helped them to become better in many aspects of their lives. They also say they are glad to see civilians reaching out to help others following the explosions in Boston.
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